Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The desire to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, made her came up with the idea. The trip itself took less than twenty minutes. Afterwards she told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”
I am speechless. What a crazily courageous woman.
Update: She was mentioned in this Radiolab series.
Considering how often I drop my phone, I fully qualify to own one of these iPhone Wrist Straps.
The iPhone Cable Trigger is a remote shutter release for iDevices. Handy for those times when you want to take a photo without touching your phone, and for starting and stopping video sans camera-shake.
Do you know about Maddie On Things, the dog from the internet? Well, she just visited Studiomates and took the opportunity to stand on my desk. My year has been made. I don’t think I have ever been this excited about a studio visit.
And if you are as big of a Maddie fan as I am, you might want to know that she has a book coming out. I just pre-ordered my copy. Congrats to Theron Humphrey, Maddie’s owner, for starting the Maddie phenomenon.
Talk about a cool dog and dog owner power house.
“A somewhat unlucky house“, art by Beata Rydén.
(Thank you Thomas)
This Dog Camera Cozy just put the biggest smile on my face. Congrats to Sarah Goldschadt, the crafty mastermind.
Hubert Vykukal demonstrates the mobility of his Hardsuit AX-3 Space Suit design. All kinds of fascinating!
I love how this 3 Way Camera Strap adapts to your needs.
Shantanu Starick is a talented young photographer from Brisbane who is travelling the world trading his skills for food, board and travel expenses. He will be arriving in New York City late November, anyone up for a pixel trade?
Hamburg-based artist Robert Rickhoff invades public space with humor through a series of digitally manipulated photographs in his Bachelor project entitled ‘Out of Place’.
In 1908, Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased.
There is so much I love so much about this. Yes, I want to own a pigeon and a pigeon camera.
(via One Plus Infinity)
The SlingShot is a sweet looking stabilizing grip for your phone that also folds out into a tripod. No doubt, MacGyver would probably use it.
For the past year, Andrew Zuckerman has been working on a new book, entirely dedicated to the beautiful world of Flowers. Created with the support of the New York Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, and The Fairchild Tropical Garden, the images in FLOWER encompass over 200 species of flora.
The book, will be available this November, but for now you can admire the photos in the project’s microsite.
I admire how Andrew considers the development of the microsite as an integral piece to the finished work. At flowerthebook.com, you can explore images and species not included in the book, the botanical information for all of the varieties on the site, and time lapse films of the life cycle of 7 species.
Congratulations Andrew, on yet another beautiful art piece.
Birds of Aperture. New prints by Paul Octavious.
This coming October, Princeton Architectural Press is publishing a new book titled Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos. It documents the story of visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, and how he grew Polaroid from a 1937 garage startup into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Steve Jobs considered Land a personal hero and modeled Apple after Polaroid.
Photoshelter is putting on a conference here in NYC called Luminance on September 12-13. The 2-day conference will feature speakers that help create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Photographers, technologists, designers and those who care about the direction of photography should attend.
The speaker roster is nothing short of impressive. I am definitely going to try to attend. And yay, it’s affordable!
I want to be riding a cloud right now.
(found via The Coolhunter Instagram Stream,
anyone know who made this?)
I am so happy to have discovered Pixable: It aggregates photos and videos shared by my friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Think of it as your unified photo inbox.
I admit, the only reason why I log into Facebook is to look at my friend’s photos, but I really don’t like the experience. Pixable fixes that for me. Their iPhone App is now part of my daily routine. No more login into Facebook. Yay!
(Thank you Oz)
This touching NewYorkTimes Interactive Feature documents some of the athletes who represented the United States at the 1948 London Games.
Above you see Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and the only female American athlete to win gold in track and field at the 1948 Games.
(Thank you Yoko)
Astro adds pan and tilt movement to your camera, and it allows you to set up time lapse programs by defining the duration, the range of movement; which goes from 0 to 360°, and the interval in degrees or seconds in which you want the photos to be taken.
I am happy to see that this Kickstarter project has already reached its goal even though it still has 16 days to go.
I rarely schlepp my SLR camera around with me these days. Chasing my 2 year old means carrying as little things as possible, so the iPhone ends up being my main photo camera. (I know, sad statement right there) That’s why I like the idea of the iPhone Shutter Grip. Has anyone tried it?
If you live in Milwaukee, you most certainly know what #alleyshrimp is all about. It’s a Twitter hashtag my friends started using a few months back to document “photos of things where they don’t belong.”
The hashtag-loving-group has grown from a close-knit group of colleagues in Mailwaukee’s Third Ward to include dozens of unconnected and international street photographers. (check out the growing collection)
I have contributed and there’s rarely a day that goes by where I don’t spot something on the street and think #ALLEYSHRIMP!
And now, the innocent hashtag movement is turning into a Gallery Night Exhibit. If you live close to Milwaukee, make sure to make it to the Opening tomorrow!
Here’s another Article about the #alleyshrimp phenomenon.
So proud of my friends Bridget, Gretchen and Bradley for pulling this off. Wish I could be there tomorrow! Hat tip from Brooklyn to my Milwaukee posse!